Monday 20 March 2023

Simon Says - Spring/Easter

Hi everyone,

Monday has come around again, and I'm here with my third card as Guest Designer for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

This week the theme is

Spring / Easter

The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $25 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp StoreAll you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz  on the challenge blog post!  You can enter 5 times so that's 5 possible chances to win! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance - good luck everyone!

Here's my card for this week - a Lavinia meadow scene with spring flowers (bluebells and Welsh or California poppies), bunny and bird, and blossom on the trees. I know that in reality these things wouldn’t all happen at the same time or in the same field, but in the magical world of Lavinia anything is possible!! (links to my supplies are below the description)

I cut a square of white stamping card and used  large and small circle masks and my Lavinia acetate hill masks to create a circular background of hills, sky and sun with Distress Oxide inks (Salty Ocean, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron,  Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade). I used a home made reverse circle mask to mask the outer portion of the card, stamped the gate and fence using Versafine (Vintage Sepia), and the bird using the same ink and shaded with Versafine Clair (Pinecone). 

I stamped a "background" row of bluebells then a "middle" row, then a “foreground” row using Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet  Distress Oxides. I removed the mask then stamped the hare using Nocturne VFC and the poppies using Cheerful and Verdant VFC. I added some background trees  on the hills using 1st and 2nd generation stamping, and added a little blossom using Spun Sugar and Kitsch Flamingo DO. I stamped the "Secret Garden" sign in the bottom corner, then stamped again onto separate card, covered in blended Antique Linen Distress ink, then fussy cut and attached popped up on foam tape. 

I added a couple of wispy clouds over the sun using torn paper and Stormy Sky DO, then highlighted the sun, animals and poppies with Sakura Stardust pens to add some sparkle, and added a few tiny flowers to the ground with acrylic paint pens. Finally I added a sentiment, edged the finished panel with black marker pen and matted simply onto blue linen card stock and my card base.  

Here are links to what I used: 

Don’t forget to visit the challenge blog to see the amazing inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.
You have until Monday  8 am Ohio time, 1 pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Critter Crazy #72 - Anything Goes With a Featured Critter (2nd entry)
Daisy Chain Challenge #72 - Flowers (3rd entry)
Four Seasons (March) - Spring (2nd entry)
Make My Monday #196 - Spring Colours (2nd entry) - TOP PICK
Sweet Stampin - Spring/Easter
We Love Stamping (March) - Anything Stamped with option Spring Is In the Air (3rd entry)
Word Art Wednesday #587/588 - Anything Goes (3rd entry)

I am also entering a version of this card (without sentiment) into the Lavinia Monthly Creative Challenge “Bursting With Colour”.

Take care, and thanks for visiting my blog today.


Pamela said...

wow, such a wonderful theme and Scene with this spring colors, someone will be very lucky to get this card! Thank you for joining us at MMM

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous Spring card and love the beautiful stamped Nature scene-love it
Carol x
This card would also be perfect for our challenges at Stamping Sensations and Dragonfly Dreams
Carol x

Darlene said...

Oh Pauline this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Well done! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.

Triple B ... OUR NEW CHALLENGE BLOG which is all about butterflies, birds & blooms.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A wonderful Spring scene Pauline, such a pretty card.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Your secret garden is just awesome! Always love natural scenes with Lavinia stamps, and you just nailed it so well with all your masking/stamping!! Fabulous spring colours and a lot of details to enjoy! Thanks so much for joining us again at We Love Stamping!

Sarn said...

A wonderful spring scene made with Lavinia stamps. Xxx

Lynn said...

This card is one of your best...and you've posted some beauties. Thank you for generously sharing your artistic talent with blogland. I get so much inspiration from viewing your work.

Ellibelle said...

This is such a beautiful spring scene showcasing all these gorgeous Lavinia stamps! I have the fence on my wish list, got the secret garden stamp some time ago but sadly not used yet! I really need to do better about using my Lavinia stamps!

Linby said...

This is so very pretty. Love how you used so many colours and the pink trees are adorable.

pearshapedcrafting said...

This really is an adorable scene - Spring is on it's way, hugs, Chrisx

Debbie Mageed said...

Such a pretty spring-colored project! Love it!! Thank you for playing with us at the MMM Challenge. I hope you can join us again soon.
Debbie DT
Secrets To Stamping
Join my Creative Creases Challenge for fun folds!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

AH! Things happen in a Secret Garden and beautifully too, as your card shows Pauline. It's gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at We Love Stamping. Good Luck and looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
Faith A DT

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Oh that is such a wonderful scene! Thanks for joining in the Spring and Easter fun with us over at Sweet Stampin'. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin' DT

Caroline said...

Cute card.
Thanks for joining our challenge.
Caroline DT 2Sistersontheblog

Claudia's kaartjes said...

This is gorgous Thanks for entering you card at Daisy Chain Challenge
Wauw,super tof Leuk dat je meedoet met onze challenge bij Daisy Chain Challenge
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Karen Letchworth said...

Such a great fun card, Pauline. Congratulations on this very cool Guest Design spot. What an honor. Thanks so much for sharing your art and talent with us at Word Art Wednesday. I'm so very grateful to have you share your art and play along with us. Have a wonderful week and please stop by to join us again soon. I look forward to seeing your next creative project.
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Nicolette said...

Very nice card.
Thanks for sharing it.
Nicolette DT 2Sistersontheblog

cass said...

Stunning card. Cute card. Thanks for joining us as The Crafter's Café this month for our Circles challenge.